Speaking at his daily press conference, Jets head coach Rex Ryan reiterated that while he believes his Patriots counterpart, Bill Belichick, should be considered tops among NFL coaches, it won't stop New York from believing it will come out on top when the Jets face off with the Pats a week from Monday. 


Lions quarterback Shaun Hill has accused the Patriots to break his left arm during a play in Thursday's game, according to MLive.com.

Hill alleges that during a quarterback sneak during the second quarter of Thursday's game, he extended his arms toward the goal line and felt someone in the scrum trying to break his arm, which was broken five weeks ago.

Watch Devin McCourty this year, and more and more, you get the feeling you’re getting in on the ground floor of something great. One day, you as a sports fan will be able to brag that you saw him play when the cornerback was a rookie.

One of the big reasons the Patriots were down 17-10 at halftime to the 2-8 Lions on Thursday was the pressure the Lions were getting on Tom Brady.


Ndamukong Suh sacked Brady in the first quarter and the Lions athletic front, led by Kyle Vanden Bosch, hit Brady hard at least five other times as Brady was held in check.


"Once the speed of the game slowed down, we got everything under control," Brady said. "They've got a hell of a pass rush."


Bill Belichick met with the media after the Patriots defeated the Lions on Thanksgiving by a 45-24 final, a win that moved the Patriots to 9-2 on the season. The head coach was asked about the effort of his team to this point of 2010.


Deion Branch caught two touchdown passes, Devin McCourty intercepted two Shaun Hill passes - setting up a pair of touchdowns - as the Patriots rallied for 35 second-half points to steamroll past the Detroit Lions, 45-24, Thursday at Ford Field. BenJarvus Green-Ellis also ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Patriots improved to 9-2 on the season.


Patriots running back Danny Woodhead has been rewarded for his breakout season with the Patriots with a contract extension through 2012, according to multiple media reports.


After stepping in for the injured Kevin Faulk, Woodhead has been everything the Patriots hoped for and more. Since being picked up from the Jets off waivers following Week 1, Woodhead has 56 carries for 312 yards with three touchdowns, including a spectacular 36-yard TD dash last week against the Colts.


In a bit of a surprise, Brandon Deaderick will be out as a healthy scratch for the Patriots, even with defensive linemen Mike Wright and Myron Pryor out with injuries. Tom Brady is active and expected to start for the Patriots, despite being questionable with a sore foot. Running back Fred Taylor is active for the first time since Sept. 26, when the veteran suffered a turf toe injury. He missed the previous seven games recovering from the injury. 


The Patriots announced Wednesday nigh that four players — offensive lineman Stephen Neal, defensive lineman Myron Pryor, cornerback Jonathan Wilhite and defensive lineman Mike Wright — have been downgraded to out for Thursday's game in Detroit against the Lions. All four players have struggled with injury over the last week, with Wright sustaining a concussion last week against the Colts, while Neal (shoulder), Pryor (back) and Wilhite (hip) have all had injury issues over the last week or two.

For the first time this season, quarterback Tom Brady is officially listed as "questionable" entering a game. Brady is one of six Patriots listed as questionable. Brady has been dealing with a sore foot since the Browns game on Nov. 7 and has been limited in practice since. Here's the complete injury report for Wednesday, with practice participation only an estimate as the team held only a walk-through on Monday and Wednesday before departing for Detroit and its Thursday game against the Lions. 

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